Zu­l­u­land med­i­cal stu­dent laid to rest

Eyethu Baywatch - - NEWS • IZINDABA - Gugu Myeni

IT was an emo­tional send-off for fifth year Zu­l­u­land med­i­cal stu­dent Cebo Makhaye who was laid to rest in his home­town in Man­guzi last week.

The 23-year-old straight A stu­dent was one of two stu­dents who drowned in a swim­ming pool in Cuba ear­lier this month.

He was de­scribed as an in­tel­li­gent young man, a per­fec­tion­ist and some­one who ex­celled in all that he did.

‘We al­ways knew that he would make it in life in a big way. He was just in­cred­i­bly in­tel­li­gent. You only had to teach him some­thing once, and it would be in his head,’ said Zakhele Zwane, Makhaye’s for­mer teacher at Ham­bisanani High School.

Echo­ing Zwane's sen­ti­ments, teacher Chris­tine Mthembu of Malangabi Pri­mary school said: ‘There was never any doubt that Cebo would go a long way in life. He had it in him. He was aca­dem­i­cally gifted. We were look­ing for­ward to him be­com­ing a doc­tor. But it was not to be.’

Makhaye had just 18 months’ ex­pe­ri­en­tial train­ing in South Africa left to com­plete be­fore grad­u­at­ing as a doc­tor.

One of Makhaye’s three sis­ters S’ne said: ‘He gave us hope. He was just the best. Only the Lord knows why this had to hap­pen. We know that God is with us. This, too, will come to pass. What is most painful is that he was so young,’ she said.

‘We know that there is a short­age of doc­tors in our coun­try, like in other parts of the world. In Cebo, we had pinned many hopes,' said Umh­labuyalin­gana Mayor Nku­l­uleko Mthethwa

‘We hope that Cebo’s life story will en­cour­age oth­ers to get up and go and study.'

MEC Dr Si­bongiseni Dhlomo ad­dresses mourn­ers at the fu­neral of Cebo Makhaye in Man­guzi

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